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ID : 369
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Title : Understanding obstacles to online professional development through the lens of teachers' attitude: A qualitative study in Vietnam context
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

Online language training programmes have recently emerged as a promising professional development option for teachers of English as a second language (ESL) because of their relatively low cost, great flexibility, and easy access (England, 2012). In several contexts including Vietnam, however, virtual learning environments still remain an unpopular choice among both school leaders and the teachers themselves (Ho, Nakamori, & Ho, 2016). This qualitative study aims to shed lights on the situation through the lens of teachers’ attitudes – a psychological factor believed to significantly shape teachers’ participation in a professional development program (Day, 1999). Responses to semi-structured interviews with 19 ESL teachers about their views of a particular online English language training course, and of online teacher training in general were transcribed verbatim and analysed to achieve this aim. The results showed a mixture of negative and positive viewpoints, and revealed a variety of interesting factors that may significantly affect ESL teachers’ choice of and engagement in e-learning environments for professional development. The conclusions are expected to be useful for many stakeholders, including teachers, e-program designers, and school leaders who wish to promote the online model of language teacher training among their ESL staff.

Keywords : e-learning, language teacher, online professional development
Conference theme : Training language teachers in e-learning environments
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Main presenter : Dr. My Truong
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Affiliation : Hanoi University (Hanoi, Vietnam)
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Biography :

My Truong is currently a lecturer of English at Hanoi University. She obtained a PhD and a Master of Research in Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University (Australia) in 2018 and 2015 successively, and a Master of Educational Studies at KULeuven (Belgium) in 2012. Her research interests include teacher professional development, L2 motivation, and educational research methodologies. 

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Date added : Friday, 15 March 2019, 2:26 AM [JST]
Date modified : Saturday, 4 May 2019, 2:09 AM [JST]
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 333-P
Schedule day : Aug 10th (Sat)
Schedule time : 14: 10 - 14: 35
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : B101
Schedule room seats : 40 seats
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